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Tim Cook met privately with Rev. Jesse Jackson to discuss inclusiveness

Tim Cook. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook met with Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday in a private sit down that was described as ‘positive and productive’ by the civil rights leader.

Jackson is in the Bay Area this week to promote a workshop hosted by his Rainbow PUSH Coalition that is focused on closing the racial gap in the tech industry. USA Today reports that the Cook and Jackson talked for over an hour, and while Jackson wouldn’t mention what they talked about specifically, he said he came away impressed.

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With iCloud switch, Apple completes purge of Google Maps

iCloud.com is free of Google Maps. Photo: Cult of Mac

iCloud.com is free of Google Maps. Photo: Cult of Mac

Apple Maps has been out for over two years, but it’s just finally completing its original mission to completely replace Google Maps in all of Apple’s products.

Starting today, iCloud.com users will see an online version of Apple Maps when using Find My iPhone instead of Google Maps.

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Jeff Daniels slated to play ex-Apple CEO in Steve Jobs movie

Steve Jobs and John Sculley. Photo: Apple

Steve Jobs and John Sculley. Photo: Apple

Jeff Daniels is just finishing up his last season as Will McAvoy, but he could be reunited with The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin sooner than anyone anticipated, as Daniels is the top choice to play the role of former Apple CEO John Sculley in the upcoming Steve Jobs movie.

Daniels just won an Emmy for his role in The Newsroom on HBO, and multiple people familiar with Universal’s Steve Jobs project have told TheWrap that the studio wants to add him to the project that is set to star Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs.

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iOS 8.1.2 update is here to fix your disappearing ringtones

iOS 8.1.2 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iOS 8.1.2 is here. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple released iOS 8.1.2 to the public today to help solve the mystery of disappearing ringtones on iOS devices.

The iOS update is being made available to the public despite never being made available to developers for testing before its wide release. iOS 8.1.2 fixes a bug that caused ringtones to disappear from iPhones even if they were purchased through iTunes.

To restore any missing ringtones, Apple advises users to visit iTunes.com/restoretones from your iOS device. The free update is available now via OTA download or directly from iTunes. Because this build hasn’t been tested yet though, you might want to wait for the early downloaders to report that it’s ok.

Uber offers lunch on demand to benefit No Hungry Kids

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Uber has been no stranger to delivering odd things like kittens and ice cream, but on Thursday, December 11th the ride-sharing app is teaming up with local restaurants to offer lunch on-demand to users, with the benefits going to support No Kid Hungry.

As part of its first ‘national giving campaign’ aimed at helping end child hunger in America, Uber added a $5 donate button to its app today that sends money directly to No Kid Hungry each time you request a ride. The option is available in 100 cities and can connect kids with up to 50 meals with each ride.

To promote its effort to raise funds for 3 million meals, Uber announced this morning it will deliver UberLUNCH to a users door in 10 minutes as a one day special.

Here are the cities and restaurants participating:

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Apple TV gets four new channels and YouTube redesign

Apple TV adds three new channels. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Apple TV adds three new channels. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Apple TV received a huge update this morning with four new channels getting added to the lineup, plus a completely redesigned YouTube channel that makes it easier to find your favorite viral videos.

MMA-addicts will be happy to hear that a dedicated UFC channel was added this morning, along with Fusion, Dailymotion, and Conde Nast’s new offering The Scene, giving users more free video content options than ever.

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Apple to build massive R&D center in Japan

The Apple Store in Osaka Japan. Photo: Ivan Walsh

The Apple Store in Osaka Japan. Photo: Ivan Walsh/Flickr CC

Apple is planning to open a massive new research and development center in Japan, according to local media, which were told about the plans by the country’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

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Apple Stores might let Bose products back in for Christmas

Is there room for Bose now that Apple has Beats? Photo: Beats

Is there room for Bose now that Apple has Beats? Photo: Beats

Bose’s lineup of headphones and speakers were kicked out of the Apple Store earlier this year after the company filed a patent lawsuit against Beats Electronics, but now that the beef has been squashed, it appears that Apple is having a change of heart.

Apple Stores are set to bring Bose products back to shelves in time for Christmas, according to a source at iGen.fr, which claims some stores have already received inventory.

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Tim Cook shortlisted for Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ award

Life has been good for Tim Cook in 2014. Photo: Apple

Life has been good for Tim Cook in 2014. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook has been shortlisted again for Time magazine’s Person of the Year award following a remarkable year that saw record stock prices, iPhone sales, and the Apple Watch, as well as Tim Cook opening up about his personal life.

Steve Jobs never managed to earn the Person of the Year award, but Tim could become the first Apple CEO to nab the honors if he manages to beat out Vladimir Putin, Jack Ma, and Ebola.

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Gwen Stefani blasts Apple Pay users with surprises for MasterCard

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MasterCard is blasting Apple Pay users with surprises. Photo: MasterCard

MasterCard is keeping the Apple Pay party going with a new ad featuring Gwen Stefani who’s been armed with a ‘Surprise launcher’ to blast cardholders with sweet prizes each time they use Apple Pay.

The ad is part of MasterCard’s new Priceless Surprises campaign that rewards customers with everything from handbags and golf clubs, to concert tickets, or a chance to hangout with the No Doubt queen herself. Gwen’s new single “Spark the Fire” is featured in the playful new ad directed by Sophie Muller that also includes a cohort of fashionista minions to help hone her aim.

Check out the full ad below:

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